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By Anonym 13 Sep

John Petrucci

I experimented a bunch with Ernie Ball in getting the strings to not flop around too much, but at the same time not to be too thick to where you're playing telephone cables.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Petrucci

I often think about my Music Man guitars being 100 million percent tailored to my needs as a player and how lucky I am.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Petrucci

Instead of buying a guitar for $2,000 or $2,500 - I'm not sure how much these are going for - but it's maybe $300 or something like that. It's more for beginners and stuff like that. Obviously it's not hitting the pros. And you can't get the Piezo pickup and the color-changing paint and the inlays and all the fancy things that my signature guitars offer, but you can get the general feel of the guitar - and the body style. It's cool.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Petrucci

I do a lot of the stuff that I started out doing that I think any guitar player that's concerned about the craft needs to do. It's basic practicing of the basic elements. I try to practice like a well rounded regiment of things where I can kind of do whatever I wanna do and I also have to practice the actual songs to keep that under my fingers as well.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Petrucci

When I first started, it was the real basic stuff that was being played on the radio, so I was into Zeppelin, and Sabbath, and AC/DC, and all stuff like that. I grew up in New York, on Long Island, so the local radio stations played all that kind of thing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Petrucci

Obviously the best way to retain the most profit is to not give any of it away. That's something that you certainly learn through the years.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Petrucci

You might pick up some influences from another type of music that you wouldn't normally think of, but, you know, maybe as a guitar player, it will come out in your improvisational style, maybe as a song writer it might come out in your note choices, or in your melodic choices, and it just helps to making your music that much more original and unique.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Petrucci

I don't have very eclectic tastes in music.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Petrucci

I think it's a good way to sort of build your career and even when I was a young kid, I did the same thing, I looked at these guitar players, like ...I was a big fan of Steve Vai, and Al DiMeola, and said "What do those guys do?" and I found out that they went to Berkelee College of music, so I was like "Well, I'm going to go to Berkelee College of Music", and you try to, like, learn from those things, so... It's important.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Petrucci

A lot of people around the world were, like, very frustrated, you know "Why don't you just release the name? Why is it taking so long?" But the cool thing is that it brought people together, like you said, it brought our fans into the experience, it sort of exposed us, exposed the process, and I think it welcomed Mike Magini, because people saw what happened to get to that point.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Petrucci

I've been fortunate to work with companies that I endorse because I love their gear. Whether Music Man, Dunlop, or DiMarizo to me these companies have supported me in such a way that's invaluable.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Petrucci

If you bring somebody into the band you are going to be with them a lot whether it's in the studio, on the tour bus, or at dinner every night; you want somebody you enjoy being around. You don't want an annoying guy .

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Petrucci

Music is a communication. It's a two-way street. You need people to play to in order to make that connection complete. That's the way we look at it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Petrucci

There were some initial instruments I had when I was young and made some trade-offs. Maybe a guitar I bought in a flea market. They weren't the greatest guitar but they would be cool to still have them. Other than that, not as a professional.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Petrucci

We've seen progressive rock all over the world, in South America, Europe, Asia, across the US and North America and Australia. There's huge audiences for this stuff. For me it's always been there and it's just a matter of time before the people have more of the means to spread the word.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Petrucci

Many times we talk about the people that have come to enjoy the show. They went through a lot to get here, whatever they needed to work out in their lives; they got babysitters, they traveled, and purchased the tickets. So it's up to us to deliver the goods!

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Petrucci

Jordan [Ruddes], he learned that way, and that's what he knows how to do. That's how he kind of approaches all music, whether it's to learn a cover song that we're going to play, or to review Dream Theater music - he always uses charts. That's what he knows. I really rely a lot more on memory.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Petrucci

I really rely a lot more on memory. I'm definitely not as good of a sight reader.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Petrucci

First and foremost, with everybody we wanted to see if they can pull off the songs, play them correctly, and that they it felt right musically. That's something Mike [Mangini] did, it felt like the band. He really gets the style and delivers in a powerful metal way.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Petrucci

We have a storage close by where I live, that's very organised. My guitar tech, Matty organised it all, labeled everything.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Petrucci

I almost rely on other people to say, "Hey, you ever hear of this band?" And I'll say, "Oh, I've never heard of that!" And I listened to them and thought, "What the hell?

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Petrucci

I'm a member of the Recording Academy and I see the way it works and even with the whole voting process it's broken down into specific categories. There are Pop categories and Dance and Rock and Metal and Film and Score and everything else. Basically when you are voting you are urged not to vote in the category that you don't know anything about.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Petrucci

I'm realizing this more and more that it's one thing to get involved with your own political beliefs and stand behind you believe in personally.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Petrucci

To be in Boston, which is a great city and which is full of many colleges and young kids, and to be around that many people that were at the same point in their lives, who played guitar or whatever instrument - it was just perfect. It was a great environment.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Petrucci

In Japan they're definitely more over the top. They had four Boogie stacks and 20 guitars. But otherwise it's pretty much the same thing, except there's a translator. It's really nice.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Petrucci

I've always said that there's a huge progressive rock, progressive metal audience out there, in the world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Petrucci

Personality wise, we are all kindred spirits. I've said this before; if we [with Mike Mangini ] ever went to high school together we would have been friends. He is just one of us! We felt that immediate connect.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Petrucci

When we make those guitars we make tons of prototypes, I have all those. And once a guitar has come out there's all different versions and colours and woods and I have all those. There's hundreds of them.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Petrucci

The style of music that we're playing, this progressive metal style, has always been an upstream battle for us. We don't usually get a lot of commercial exposure.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Petrucci

Usually we're all comfortable playing the songs, but during the song there might be one part where you're like „oh, this part's coming up, I have to really focus", a lot of songs have those moments in them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Petrucci

Almost 15 with music, we have so many guitars that we developed over the years. The latest one is 'The Majesty' guitar, which I'm really proud of.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Petrucci

There's different levels of where we do well throughout Europe. Fortunately, for us, it's pretty great all throughout it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Petrucci

Now that we're established and we have a history we know that we can expect people to show up and to have a good time.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Petrucci

The C+ amps is vintage at this point, and it definitely has a certain sound to it. I wanted something that was going to keep Dream Theater in more of a current musical landscape, as far as being the producer and producing the type of album I wanted to hear.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Petrucci

We auditioned a lot of great drummers; every one of them was world class. We had a lot of fun playing with each of them and had some great jams. With Mike [Mangini] it was just something really special about what was going on.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Petrucci

We used to rehearse and that's where the roots of Dream Theater formed. Y'know, we used to play cover songs and jam to [Iron] Maiden and stuff but we were writing songs and it was this metal, loud style and we'd constantly get knocks on our door, because the rehearsal rooms were right next door to each other, and these jazz guys would be like, "Can you guys turn it down a little?

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Petrucci

I wanted something different. I'd been using the C+ amps for a long time, and I love them - they're one of my favorite amps ever. But on this album [Road Kings] I wanted - there were a couple reasons, actually. One is that I wanted a more aggressive sound, some more teeth and hair.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Petrucci

I didn't try out for bands when I was younger. I got into guitars intensely a couple of years into playing so much by the time I was graduating high school I was accepted into Berklee College of Music.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Petrucci

The Majesty guitar symbolizes the very reason why I am so proud to be a Music Man artist. I had the idea for this guitar a couple of years ago but it is because of their innovative spirit and dedication to the art of guitar building that it is now a reality. I am so grateful that I am able to collaborate with the best guitar company on the planet and so incredibly proud that together we have created what is to me, the perfect musical instrument for guitar players. I really hope you get a chance to play one and am confident that you will feel the same!

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Petrucci

The good thing about playing this style that we play, you know, the progressive element of it, is that we can add in different elements of different styles. And that creates a more interesting overall sound.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Petrucci

We're always in that head space about the audience and less about us at that moment.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Petrucci

Obviously [Black] Sabbath is definitely a huge name and of course deserving with Ozzy coming back.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Petrucci

When we first started and started hitting new places for the first time, you kinda didn't know, because we were new. Sometimes we played tiny little clubs and sometimes we'd play a larger place.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Petrucci

We're not the kind of band who writes an order abundance of songs and picks from them, we usually write for the album.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Petrucci

With all tools at my disposal, I'm 100% into chasing tone and checking out new equipment and "geeking" out during sound check by taking too much time.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Petrucci

When I think of a lot of the players I admire, they could always play their parts without hiding behind distortion and sustain. Put the time in. Hear your mistakes. Yeah, it sucks, it's humbling, it makes you want to throw the guitar out the window. But if you work on your mistakes, they'll eventually go away, and you'll become a strong player.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Petrucci

It's a balance between getting the right string gauge that's thick enough where it sound good, and not rubber bands - but not too thick where your hands start to get real tired.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Petrucci

I would say the more the better when it is comes to development and marketing. It's actually fun. For some it can be a frustrating thing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Petrucci

It's probably no coincidence with the internet and social media and the word being able to spread beyond the radio, where fans can go and talk and congregate and trade stories and a band could communicate news very quickly and in a worldwide basis. I'm sure that's helped in bringing in this case us to more of the forefront of peoples attention.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Petrucci

It's hard to answer that from my own perspective because when I'm playing I know where it is coming from and the sources.